During U.S. Navy's Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. A tracked vehicle moves on snow in front of Observation Hill. (This area would become Mcmurdo Station.) A Military Air Transport Service (MATS) C-124C Aircraft taxis down sea-ice runway and turns around to takeoff . It makes makes a long takeoff roll and breaks ground with slow rate of climb, churning up a fog of snow in the process. . Small weasel with small trailer with fire extinguisher on it. Navy R5D Aircraft in the background taxiing for take off. R5D taxis. Yellow fuel truck is seen. R5D makes a jet assisted takeoff. Flame is seen from the JATO bottles under the aircraft during takeoff roll and much trailing smoke, as the aircraft breaks ground with a high rate of climb.
Tail section of aircraft C-124. Small D4 tractor can also be seen hauling a sled of supplies to the C-124. Man walks across in the foreground. Tucker snow cat being hoisted into C-124. Stern view of D4 tractor backing up to snow sled loaded with supplies, pushing it under the fuselage of C-124 for air drop at South Pole. Group of men under C-124 handles cargo on sled. VX-6 aircraft parked along the runway. Two men stand on sled hooking up slings to cargo. Cargo chutes lifted into C-124. D4 tractor in the background.
During U.S.Navy's Operation Deep Freeze, in Antarctica. A man stripped to waist emptying coffee cups outside Ground Controlled-Approach (GCA) unit. Navy R5D-3 aircraft of Military Air Transport Service parked in the background. Man goes back into unit.
During Operation Deep Freeze by United States Air Force in Antarctica. Front view of aircraft C-124 taxiing. Aircraft drops cargo at Beardmore Station. Side view of plane director, backing up, directing C-124. Aircraft taxis. C-124 moves along runway prior to take off.
During Operation Deep Freeze by United States Air Force in Antarctica. Side view of dog team pulling a sled with two men in it, one man stands on stern of sled. Dog team moves along with sled toward high rise in ground.
Port beam view of aircraft R4D that will fly to South Pole with RADM (Rear Admiral) Dufek, Captain Cordiner, Captain Hawks, and the pilot LCDR (Lieutenant Commander) Shinn. RADM Dufek with two other people standing outside doorway of R4D prior to board aircraft for flight to South Pole. RADM Dufek and crew posing for camera outside doorway of aircraft. Crew boarding aircraft. Front view of R4D equipped with skies. Men standing around R4D. R4D taxiing. Front view of aircraft parked on sea-ice runway. R4D taking off for South Pole. Several men along runway looking on.